Running On Fumes  –  The Rookhope Chimney

Running On Fumes – The Rookhope Chimney

In the early 1800s long flue systems were installed at all the major smelt mills of the North Pennines ore field and locally at the smelt mills of Allendale, Ramshaw (near Blanchland), Allenheads, Rookhope , Nenthead and Castleside.  The flues extended long distances...

The Bumps near Frosterley

This is probably the most popular picnic site in the Dale for families, offering a riverside location, space for games and lots of excitement climbing and running up the bumps, the grassed over spoil heaps of an old quarry.  Both banks of of the Bollihope Burn offer...

Ashgill Force, near Garrigill

This small picnic site is outside Weardale but is such an exquisite gem it has to be included.  The little amphitheatre, which buzzes with life in the spring, was carved out of the rocks over millions of years by the waterfall, one of the finest in the North Pennines...

Desmesne Mill Picnic Site, Wolsingham

A quiet picnic area alongside the Waskerley Beck with lots of parking. A number of walks are possible from here including the Family Walk, an easy circular route on footpaths accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs, 1.5 miles long.  Download the walk map and...

Stanhope Stepping Stones

This is a popular spot for summer visitors to the Dale and can be combined with a visit to the Open Air Swimming Pool in the summer. It has lost some of its buzz since the ford was closed to vehicles in 2012 due to too many motorists being stranded mid stream and...

The Baybridge Picnic Site

This is a Durham Council picnic site which has ample parking, shady woodland for kids to run around in and access to the River Derwent.  Combine your picnic with a beautiful 1.5 mile walk to Blanchlands (and back), the honeypot village of the north North Pennines....

Slitt Mine, near Westgate

****   This picnic site cannot currently be reached via Slitt Wood as part of the footpath collapsed in last winter’s floods **** The best picnic sites, like the best beaches, can only be reached by foot and the walk up from Westgate village to Slitt Mine is, if...

Ham Pool, near Daddry Shield

This is a small picnic spot beside the River Wear next to a pleasant waterfall.  There is no real space for games or running around with kids.  When we visited there was a home made barbecue available for general use. The picnic area is 800 yards upstream of the A689...

Tunstall Reservoir, above Wolsingham

The main picnic site pictured above has a car park and sits beside the Tunstall Reservoir.  There is an excellent 3km walk around the reservoir which you will find HERE.  Start the walk by turning left out of the car park and then left over the reservoir dam wall....

Wolsingham Recreation Ground

Wolsingham Recreation Ground is a hot ticket after school and at weekends in the summer.  There is a parking fee (currently £2) but free parking is available at Market Place, near the village centre.  Combine your visit with a 1.5 mile walk, the Wolsingham Family...